Mustangs Win 3-2 In 2/OT On Martin's Fifth Of The Year

Mustangs Win 3-2 In 2/OT On Martin's Fifth Of The Year

WINCHESTER, Va. –  The Stevenson field hockey team continued a strong start to this season.  As they won their first road game of the season defeating Shenandoah, 3-2 in double overtime.  Freshman Noel Martin stayed red hot as she picked up the game-winner 2:15 into the second extra period.  Sophomore Tanner Ridgely and junior Sara McVey also netted goals for the Mustangs (4-1).

The game started off slowly with neither side able to pick up a shot in the early going of the contest.  Ridgely would make Stevenson's opening shot count as she found herself in the attack area with the ball and sent one past Jenna Rampale to make it, 1-0 with 5:15 gone.  It was her second of the season, and the third of her career.

It only took six minutes before Shenandoah (3-3) pulled even.  Taylor Hayes had the ball on her stick and fed it to Megan Stevens who slipped it behind Mustangs sophomore goalie Kelsey Eure to level the score at, 1-1, 11:32, into half one.

With 19 minutes elapsed a long pass from the Hornets' Stevens came all the way into the attack circle and rolled towards the net.  Eure who came out off her line had the ball slip past her and fell to Daphne Leighty who stashed one into the empty net to make the score, 2-1 home side.

In the 27th minute, Ridgely had an attempt at goal that bounced on frame and was targeted for the back of the cage, but Stevens came diving in from the side to send the offering to the side for a defensive save. 

The final eight minutes of the half saw neither team record another shot and the teams headed to the half with Shenandoah ahead, 2-1.  Shots were tied at four apiece after 35-minutes.

Coming out of the break it was the hosts getting the early shots when Kayla Alderman got two quick chances in the opening minutes.  With just 1:40 gone in the second half the visitors made a goaltending change when Maia Harper came in to replace Eure. 

That change seemed to spark Stevenson as freshmen Brigid Saroch, Noel Martin and junior Sara McVey recorded three consecutive shots forcing saves out of Morande.

In the 42nd minute a penalty corner sent into the area by junior Marissa Hoffman came to McVey who fired one on goal, but once again Morande was equal to the task.  Just a few minutes later off a home turnover, it was McVey left all alone on the attack and she stroked one behind Morande to tie things up at, 2-2 with 51:30. 

After the Mustang goal, Harper was tasked with keeping the score tied and she was up to it as two shots in a seven-second span from the home team in the 56th minute were turned away.

The rest of regulation would be spent mostly in the midfield with both teams not really able to muster any quality chances and the final horn sounded sending the game to overtime tied at, 2-2.

In the first extra period, the Hornets had an early chance when Kayla Alderman was left one-on-one with Harper in the area.  Harper came charging off the line to cut down the angle and Alderman's shot pinged the right post.  Seven minutes in Stevenson thought they would have a shot at ending the contest when the ball got trapped under the pads of Morande, but when it popped out of the scrum it was knocked away by the home defense.  Overtime number one ended with no winner.

The second extra frame saw a winner and it came quick.  With only 2:15 gone Martin was in the area and rocketed one beyond Morande for her fifth of the season and her third game-winning goal. 

Stevenson improved their record against Shenandoah to, 5-2 and stayed undefeated in Winchester running that record too, 3-0.

The Mustangs outshot the Hornets, 15-13 for the game, but the home side held an impressive, 8-3 edge in penalty corners.

Stevenson will continue their four-game road trip on Wednesday, September, 20 when they travel to Rowan to take on the Profs at 7:00 p.m.